In an article called “on the Road to Fallujah”, NY Times has described the way Spartan Brigade was settled in Ashraf
In an article called “on the Road to Fallujah”, NY Times has described the way Spartan Brigade was settled in Ashraf:
“…But what were the new quarters? As the brigade arrived, it turned out that it would be setting up camp in a compound built by the Mujahadeen Khalq, an Iranian resistance group that the Clinton administration put on its terrorist list but that asserts it does not support terror attacks against the United States and wants to make common cause against the Iranian government.
The resistance movement assumed that it could stay on the sidelines during the American-led attack on Iraq and had sent a letter to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell indicating that it had no intention of opposing the American invasion. The United States bombed their bases anyway.
Where the Spartan Brigade was setting up Camp, was the resistance movement's rear logistics base and includes a 100-bed hospital for women, including female fighters, which had been stripped bare by looters after the war. It also has an underground bunker system that is outfitted with a filtration system. The movement says it spent $15 million building the complex, using funds donated by Iranian businesspeople within Iran and in exile. The compound was abandoned after the Americans bombed part of it during the war to topple Mr. Hussein.
The Spartan Brigade's commander, Col. David Perkins, met with a woman who is one of the Iranian group's military commanders to discuss arrangements for using the compound. The Iranians surprised the Americans by serving a chicken dinner. The resistance movement seemed prepared to accept the Americans!!
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